Anyone who reads my blog on the regular already knows I’ve been really upping my skincare game lately. As a beauty blogger I’m constantly being introduced to new skincare products – some reach holy grail status quite quickly, and others unfortunately don’t make the cut. It’s difficult for me to ‘stick’ to a specific skincare routine (and I suspect that’s why my skin hasn’t been in tip-top shape lately) because I feel it’s necessary for me to test different skincare products before I can recommend certain brands / products to you, my readers.
I’ve sussed out a couple of new skincare products recently, after being introduced to SkinMiles just over a month ago. I was very keen to start testing the Dermaceutic products they sent to me immediately, but at the time I was testing 4 products from a different brand as part of a skincare campaign. It has been a couple of weeks since the campaign came to an end, and so I’ve started testing my new Dermaceutic products (I’m 1 week into my new routine). As I’ve mentioned previously, I like to test skincare products for AT LEAST 3 to 4 weeks before I write up a review, so today’s blog post will mostly be a type of introduction to both SkinMiles and Dermaceutic.
Dr Alek Nikolic is the founder of SkinMiles – a South African online store that delivers the highest quality skin care products directly to your door. In case you don’t know how Dr Alek is – he’s a very well-known aesthetical practitioner who has performed over 20 000 cosmetic dermatology procedures to date. Most targeted skincare products require a doctor’s prescription, but thanks to SkinMiles you can now order the best quality skincare brands from an expert doctor online. What I really love about the SkinMiles website, is that they offer a FREE online ‘Face2Face Consultation’ – this is basically a comprehensive in-depth online skin consultation with Dr Alek Nikolic himself. After completing a few short questions, you attach a photograph of your bare face, and Dr. Alek will advise you on the best skin care products for your specific skincare needs / concerns. You receive the benefits of consulting with an aesthetic medical practitioner (Dr. Alek responds to you personally), but from the comfort of your own home. While I was completing my Face2Face Consultation, I was wearing my PJs and nibbling on a couple of Digestive biscuits…imagine doing that in the Dermatologist’s waiting room. Haha!
SkinMiles stock exclusive skincare products ranging from doctor-only dispensed products to leading over the counter products. Some of my favourite brands on the SkinMiles website are Dermaceutic, Filorga (I love their Skin Perfusion Cleansing Oil), SkinCeuticals (their Retexturing Activator is amazing), and of course Vichy.
All deliveries within South Africa are free (they send your parcel straight to your door), plus you earn ‘Miles’ with each purchase – adding up to money off your next online purchase. When I received my parcel, everything arrived in a beautiful red box filled with polystyrene nuggets to protect the products (one of the polystyrene pieces even had a cute little smiley face on it). The box also has a seal sticker on the opening that says ‘Do Not Open If Seal Has Been Broken’. I think that’s pretty neat, since it protects us (the buyers).
The folks at SkinMiles are extremely helpful, and you are more than welcome to contact them via various methods to ask them advice on product recommendations etc. Here are the different ways you can contact them:
♥ Shop Assistant.
♥ Phone their SKIN ADVICE HOT LINE at 021 797 0960 and have a chat with their trained skin therapists Sam, Carolette, or Vashnee.
♥ Email Dr Alek directly at: email@example.com
Dr Alek was very kind, and offered to send me a handful of Dermaceutic products to target my specific skincare concerns i.e. hyperpigmentation, texture, and fine lines & wrinkles. As mentioned, I completed my ‘Face2Face Consultation’ and after looking at my photo, he sent me the following feedback:
“I had a close look at your photo & your skin concerns, and this is what I can see: Some rough textured skin mostly over the forehead, nose, cheeks and chin. Visible pores also mostly over the forehead, upper cheek, and nose. Pigmented spots and freckles, plus uneven skin tone and a combination skin picture between the classical T-zone that extends to the chin and cheeks and what looks like a normal skin type with the remainder of the face. From an ageing and cosmetic perspective I also see a mild tear trough (just below the eyes), mental crease (groove above the chin), a very mild melomental fold left more visible than right (corner of the mouth) and some mild fat loss over the cheek area.”
Dr Alek then recommended 4 Dermaceutic skincare products that will target these various skin concerns: Advanced Cleanser, Hyal Ceutic, Activ Retinol 0.5, and C25 Cream. Before I start chatting about these skincare products, I’d like to give you a bit of background on Dermaceutic as a brand (as I haven’t reviewed many of their products on the blog before). I’d like to mention that I have used their products in the past, and really REALLY enjoyed the Dermaceutic Turn Over Rejuvenating Cream (night moisturiser) and the Dermaceutic Regen Ceutic Restorative Skin Recovery Cream.
Dermaceutic is formulated in a dynamic and innovative French laboratory, promoting non-invasive aesthetic techniques. With over 20 years’ experience, Dermaceutic creates both homecare skincare products as well as specialty peeling products for medical professionals. For the sake of this blog post, I’ll be focusing more on their homecare range of skincare products, which offers specialised treatment products to purify, stimulate, restore, protect, prevent, and target various skin concerns.
You can take a look at their extensive range of products here.
Did you know? Dermaceutic was one of the first cosmeceutical companies to develop products using ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, stabilized vitamin C, and glycolic acid.
As mentioned earlier, I’ve been testing the below mentioned products for just over a week now and will be sure to write up an in-depth review on each product after 4 weeks. For today’s blog post, I’ll introduce you to each product and will provide a bit more info on the active ingredients contained in each product.
Advanced Cleanser Expert Cleansing Foam – This daily cleanser removes makeup and excess sebum to give skin a clean, fresh and hydrated feel. Recommended for all skin types (including sensitive and dehydrated skin), the cleanser contains a combination of high performance cleansing agents, selected for their optimal skin tolerance properties. A unique hydrating complex helps keep skin soft, supple, and comfortable.
Active ingredients: Xylitol (an anti-dehydration agent which promotes and controls water flow, and improves the appearance of skin micro relief for perfectly hydrated and smoothed skin), Zinc (an anti-seborrheic active that improves the appearance of oily skin and has an anti-microbial action, helping skin to regain clarity), Urea (an optimal moisturising agent for the epidermis which removes flakiness from the skin’s surface and restores suppleness) and Glycerin (a hygroscopic substance of vegetable origin which provides a hydrating and protective film and removes scales from the skin’s surface).
Retails for R550,00 here.
Activ Retinol 0.5 Age Defense Serum – This is a medium strength Retinol serum that improves the appearance of skin texture and also reduces the appearance of signs of skin aging. Retinol is recommended for improving the appearance of loss of skin tone, wrinkles, fine lines and dull complexion. Since this is a medium strength Retinol, it is suitable for normal, combination, oily and sensitive skin types. The formula contains a combination of high performance actives including skin restoring ceramides and cholesterol, hydrating actives Panthenol and Allantoin, and unique energizers containing essential minerals.
Active ingredients: 0.5% Retinol Complex (repairs and protects damaged- and dry skin, whilst stimulating the renewal of skin cells), 1% Pure Vitamins C & E (with renowned antioxidant properties, this combination of vitamins combats the signs of photoaging and limits their appearance), and 1% Ceramides, Panthenol, Allantoin and Mineral Cocktail (hydrating and nourishing actives reinforce the skin barrier and intensely hydrate skin).
Retails for R950,00 here.
Hyal Ceutic Intense Moisturising Cream – This moisturiser provides essential nutrients to keep the skin hydrated all day. The formula helps prevent the signs of prematurely aged skin and combats changes in the skin, thanks to a highly concentrated combination of low- and high-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid, which is recognised for its repairing, lipid-replenishing, protective, and hygroscopic properties.
Active ingredients: Hyaluronic Acid (the low molecular weight penetrates skin deeply to ensure suppleness and firmness, whilst the high molecular weight has a protective and hygroscopic role on the skin’s surface), Aloe Vera (soothes the skin, reduces inflammation, and stimulates production of collagen to combat skin aging), Jojoba Oil (creates a non-oily moisturising layer on the skin surface, relieves sensitive epidermises, and protects the skin from UV rays) and Vitamin E (renowned for its antioxidant properties, this vitamin also combats the signs of photoaging).
Retails for R710,00 here.
C25 Cream – This day cream is highly concentrated in antioxidants which contribute to prevent damage from free radicals. The formula contains 25% stabilised Vitamin C, as well as various other Vitamins to combat oxidative stress, and protects the skin from premature aging.
Active ingredients: Vitamin C (a powerful antioxidant that reduces the signs of skin aging), Vitamin A (improves the structure of the skin and combats wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin texture, and hyperpigmentation), Vitamin B5 (reduces water loss and keeps the skin smooth and elastic due to its moisturising properties), Vitamin E (renowned for its antioxidant properties, this Vitamin also combats the signs of photoaging) and Polyphenols (naturally present in plants and fruit, Polyphenols combat the action of free radicals and preserve the integrity of the skin’s collagen).
Retails for R750,00 here.
My preliminary findings are as follows: I’m very happy with how the products have made my skin FEEL (it’s difficult for me to comment on how my skin looks, because although the active ingredients usually start to work immediately, the benefits will only be visible after at least 4 weeks).
My skin feels soft, smooth and comfortable. I have used Retinol products in the past, so my skin didn’t go through the ‘adaptive phase’ and I also didn’t experience any peeling or discomfort that sometimes go hand-in-hand with incorporating a Retinol into your skincare routine. I’ve received A LOT of requests to write a blog post on Retinol (what it does, how it works, where to find it), so make sure you read my follow-up blog post.
I highly recommend you take a look at the SkinMiles website if you’re looking to invest in top quality skincare products. I might sound like a broken record, but I want to emphasise just how important it is to start looking after your skin as early as possible (you can start using Retinols in your mid-twenties already). The makeup you apply will only ever look as good as the canvas underneath – no amount of foundation or concealer will ever be able to cover up texture and / or fine lines and wrinkles. Better yet, I’d love to have youthful, radiant-looking skin that doesn’t NEED to be covered up with makeup – that’s the ultimate beauty goal, right?
Remember to check back in on the blog in about 4 weeks’ time to see how my skin got along with these 4 new products in my skincare routine – as always, I’ll be sure to include ‘Before’ and ‘After’ photos.
Happy Monday, everyone – I hope you have a productive week!